Doctorate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

A PhD Mechanical Engineering degree can open many doors for career opportunities. With a PhD Mechanical Engineering, candidates can specialize in one of several sub-disciplines such as mechanics, mechatronics and robotics, structural analysis, thermodynamics and thermo-science, or design.


During the approximately four years candidates work on their PhD Mechanical Engineering degree, they will conduct their own original research on a specific topic that must result in a dissertation of publishable quality. Candidates have the opportunity to investigate more deeply the discipline’s frontiers of research, like microelectro-mechanical systems, friction stir welding, composites, nanotechnology, finite element analysis, or biomechanics.


For candidates with a graduate background in engineering, who already possess the foundational knowledge in physics and material science, a PhD Mechanical Engineering could be the next step. Read more below about opportunities to start your PhD Mechanical Engineering program!

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PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

Innovation in product design and manufacturing has become a major driver for industrial competitiveness and profitablity in recent years. As enabling technologies become more easily accessible, engineers are faced with increasing demands for designing and producing more [+]

PhD in Mechanical Engineering Innovation in product design and manufacturing has become a major driver for industrial competitiveness and profitablity in recent years. As enabling technologies become more easily accessible, engineers are faced with increasing demands for designing and producing more complex mechanical devices to serve the needs of the society. Next generation engineering products will be 'smart' with many functionalities; they will be made of new materials; they will increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact; they will vary in size from nano to mega scales; and they will be more closely integrated with information processing systems. Also as mechanical systems are becoming increasingly complex to analyze and expensive to experiment, more emphasis will have to be placed on computer aided analysis, design, verification and manufacturing. Our research program in mechanical engineering responds to these trends and focuses on basic research related to materials science and process engineering, product design, and information integrated manufacturing processes. In doing so applications to different physical processes are studied (e.g. energy systems, bioengineering, metal forming, polymer processing, discrete part manufacturing to name a few). Research Areas... [-]


PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Basic Engineering Sciences and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences

University of Rijeka, Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Croatia Rijeka

By choosing courses with the guidance of his or her supervisor, each student can adjust the programme to his or her research interests. [+]

C A L L for admission of students to postgraduate university (doctoral) study programmes for acquiring the academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Engineering sciences in the academic year 2017/18: In the subjects of Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Basic Engineering Sciences and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences for the modules Production Engineering Thermal Power Engineering Computational Mechanics Design and Building of Ships Mechanical Engineering Design Quality Assurance and Engineering System Control Number of students accepted: 30. By choosing courses with the guidance of his or her supervisor, each student can adjust the programme to his or her research interests. Postgraduate university (doctoral) study programmes accept applicants with the following degrees: Graduate Engineer, Master of Engineering, or Master of Engineering Sciences (in the subjects of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture). The programme is also open to applicants with a degree in related fields, in which case they might need to pass exams in supplemental courses. Applicants must have completed a university graduate study programme with 300 ECTS credits including the undergraduate part of the programme, or a university undergraduate study programme of at least 4 years. Applicants who have earned a degree from a foreign educational institution are required to attach a decision from a competent authority on the recognition of the foreign degree. Additional information about this can be obtained by contacting Faculty of Engineering. Applications for admission are to be submitted to the University of Rijeka Faculty of Engineering, Vukovarska ulica 58, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia, from 4... [-]

PhD in Engineering, Product Design and Textiles specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree is aimed at students with a masters degree in a relevant field, in addition to a good honours degree (or significant work experience and professional qualifications), who wish to undertake a research-based doctorate. On the PhD programme you are expected to demonstrate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research, or other advanced scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, which... [+]

PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. Engineering, Product Design and Textiles specialisms - PhD The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree is aimed at students with a masters degree in a relevant field, in addition to a good honours degree (or significant work experience and professional qualifications), who wish to undertake a research-based doctorate. On the PhD programme you are expected to demonstrate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research, or other advanced scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, which extends the forefront of the discipline and merits publication. You will also be expected to acquire an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge in your particular subject area in the field of engineering or design, as well as a general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge. You will also gain a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry in the engineering or design subject area. If you wish to develop research and analytical skills and conduct an original piece of research this course is appropriate for you. Your research may be applied research or action research, and may be based on your work in industry if you choose to study part-time. Careers & professional development Recent graduates from the PhD programme are following careers in academia and industry. On graduation you will become a member of the University's alumni association. You will be a lifelong member of the University's community, able to access careers information,... [-]

PhD in Nautical Operations – Joint Degree

University College of Southeast Norway
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 Norway Porsgrunn Drammen Rauland + 2 more

The doctoral programme trains qualified candidates for research, teaching, dissemination and innovation work, and other activities where there is a requirement for scientific insight and an operational maritime focus. [+]

PhD in Nautical Operations – Joint Degree About the programme The doctoral programme in Nautical Operations is a joint degree between University College of Southeast Norway (HSN) Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH) Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ålesund (NTNU) Arctic University of Norway (UiT) The doctoral programme trains qualified candidates for research, teaching, dissemination and innovation work, and other activities where there is a requirement for scientific insight and an operational maritime focus. Implementation of complex nautical operations today requires interdisciplinary and varied expertise, including research expertise, for safe and efficient planning, implementation and evaluation of nautical operations. Academic content Nautical operations is comprised of two disciplines: Nautical, which covers the navigation, manoeuvring and transport of floating vessels, and operations, which indicates that the PhD programme will focus on applied research to support, improve and develop the activities that are being implemented. The operational perspective includes both strategic, tactical and operational aspects. Strategic levels including choosing the type and size of a fleet of vessels. Tactical aspects concerning the design of individual ships, choice of equipment and personnel. The operational aspects include the planning, implementation and evaluation of nautical operations. It will be a common subject that is offered at all four institutions. Further academic content will be linked to individual focus areas at the four institutions: Maritime Organizational Safety Management and Fire Safety and Evacuation Research at HSH Maritime Operations and Sensor Technology at UiT Maritime Human Factors together with Maritime Logistics and port operations at HSN Maritime Design... [-]

PhD In Engineering Sciences (DCI)

Tecnológico de Monterrey
Campus Full time 9 semesters July 2017 Mexico Monterrey Mexico City Mexico State + 2 more

By its nature, the DCI is multidisciplinary in scope, covering four areas of knowledge (biotechnology, mechatronics, industrial engineering and environmental systems) that have been selected from the research with greater strength within the Division of Engineering and Architecture. [+]

PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. Description Specialty area By its nature, the DCI is multidisciplinary in scope, covering four areas of knowledge (biotechnology, mechatronics, industrial engineering and environmental systems) that have been selected from the research with greater strength within the Division of Engineering and Architecture. These areas interact with each other through projects, research centers and chairs knowledge areas serve as a crucible for the definition of the research DCI program: Mechatronics as a priority for scientific and technological development of Mexico areas, mechatronics includes analysis and synthesis of complex systems where multiple disciplines interact. The DCI program in mechatronics specialty, responds to the need to train human resources research with a high level of preparation in the disciplines of automation, mechanics and electronics. Industrial Engineering increased global competitiveness is one of the biggest challenges of every nation, particularly its institutions and companies, which will face a continuous process of increasing productivity, efficient use of resources and generation courage to face increasing competition. Research at the frontier of knowledge in industrial engineering contributes to the research, development and implementation of new ways to operate and improve the operational and administrative processes, mainly by developing new and innovative models of decision-making. Environmental systems: evolution in approaches to operation, from treatments to control pollution to the concept of corporate social responsibility, indicating the relevance within the economic and social spheres has the best use of natural resources, care environmental and health protection of the population, which is encompassed in the term: sustainable... [-]

Materials Science Ph.D. Program

Montana Tech
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Butte

Ph.D. Program in Materials Science – A collaborative, interdisciplinary program with the University of Montana-Missoula and Montana State University-Bozeman. Research specialties include biomaterials; electronic, photonic and magnetic (EPM) materials; materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation; and materials synthesis, processing and fabrication. [+]

Materials Science Ph.D. Program The Materials Science Ph.D. program is designed to provide students maximum flexibility with access to premier facilities and professors at three campuses. The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. Research specialties are focused in four areas: Biomaterials Electronic, photonic and magnetic materials Materials for energy storage, conversion, and conservation Materials synthesis, processing, and fabrication The curriculum integrates a broad range of physical science and engineering disciplines with an even broader range of applications, from health and medicine to nanotechnology to energy, environment and natural resources. Mission The mission of the MUS MatSci Ph.D. program is to advance knowledge and techniques while preparing the next generation of leaders in materials research, application, and education. The program’s vision is to become a top-ranked program, sought after by students, sponsoring agencies, and industry, with high student demand, placement success, and positive impact on Montana’s economy. Core Values Academic quality Integrity Interdisciplinarity and collaboration, with administrative processes transparent to the students Service and value to Montana, the nation, and the world Efficiency and effectiveness [-]

Doctoral Programme in Mechanical Engineering

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time 8 semesters October 2017 Portugal Guimarães

The Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering aims at complementing the training of MSc and graduates in Science and Engineering, granting advanced education in traditional and emergent areas of Mechanical Engineering. Such areas include Biomechanics, Energy and Environment, Advanced and Functionalized Materials as well as Mechanical Design and Precision Manufacturing amongst others. [+]

PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. Doctoral Programme in Mechanical Engineering The Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering aims at complementing the training of MSc and graduates in Science and Engineering, granting advanced education in traditional and emergent areas of Mechanical Engineering. Such areas include Biomechanics, Energy and Environment, Advanced and Functionalized Materials as well as Mechanical Design and Precision Manufacturing amongst others. The Doctoral Program also aims at developing skills for research and experimenting methodologies which allow the autonomous development (both individually or in research teams) of research and development activities (R&D), covering all aspects of the R&D process: state of the art, project planning, selection and application of the research methods and procedures, report writing with R&D results, etc. Access to higher education The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level. Access forms Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the School of Engineering of the University of Minho. Formal requirements MSc in Mechanical Engineering, or similar areas, legally equivalent. 1st cycle degree in Mechanical Engineering, or similar, provided that the CV confirms an adequate scientific preparation. Application deadlines 1st Phase 24th August to 4th September, 2015 (Academic Year 2015/2016) 2nd Phase 4th to 15th January, 2016 (Academic Year 2015/2016) 3rd Phase 4th to 15th January, 2016 (Academic Year 2016/2017) [-]

PhD in Machines and Equipment

Brno University of Technology
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Brno

The goal of the doctoral study programme is to provide outstanding graduates from the MSc study programme with a specialised university education of the highest level. [+]

Machines and Equipment Abbreviation: D4Z-A Level of course unit: Doctoral Faculty: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Academic year: 2017/2018 Title awarded: Ph.D. Qualification awarded: Ph.D. in the field "Machines and Equipment" Level of qualification: Doctoral (3rd cycle) Accredited from: 1.9.2001 Accredited until: 31.12.2020 Specific admission requirements: The student must have finished a relevant field of technical science MSc study programme. The admission procedure consists of the parts from applied mathematics and physics and a discussion on a topic related to the subject of PhD study programme. Profile of the programme: The goal of the doctoral study programme is to provide outstanding graduates from the MSc study programme with a specialised university education of the highest level. The education obtained within this study programme also comprises a training and attestation for scientific work. Examination regulations, assessment and grading: Examination and assessment regulations Graduation requirements: A specific number of ECTS credits, final state examination, doctoral thesis Mode of study: full-time study Programme supervisor: prof. Ing. Václav Píštěk, DrSc. [-]

DTech / DIng / DPhil in Mechanical Engineering

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

This qualification is intended for students who will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in a specialised area of technology. They will be able to demonstrate a high level of overall knowledge in that specialised area,ranging from fundamental to advanced theoretical or applied knowledge. [+]

PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. DTech in Mechanical Engineering This qualification is intended for students who will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in a specialised area of technology. They will be able to demonstrate a high level of overall knowledge in that specialised area,ranging from fundamental to advanced theoretical or applied knowledge. Qualification Outcomes Exit level outcomes: The qualified student will be able to: Identify and solve problems by means of responses that demonstrate responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking. Collect, organise, analyse and critically evaluate information. Work effectively with others. Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. Communicate effectively,using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in oral and/or written presentation. Admission requirements and selection criteria An appropriate Magister Technologiae or an equivalent qualification of an equivalent standard,as determined by a Status Committee. Students are selected on academic merit and approved field of study. Conferment of the degree The DTech: Engineering: Mechanical will be conferred on students who have completed the research programme and thesis successfully. DIng in Mechanical Engineering The purpos eof the qualification is to develop an engineer with advanced abilities in applying fundamental engineering sciences and/design and synthesis,and related principles in dependently to specific problems of society at large. One of the main objectives in this process is to develop an advanced capability to conduct fundamental engineering research of an original nature. It also promotes a lifelong learning approach and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields. Qualification... [-]

PhD in Opto-Mechatronics Engineering

National Central University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

Besides knowledge-based courses, the hands-on activities, the cultivation of creativity, and the capstone courses are specially offered in our training. [+]

Teaching Characteristics Besides knowledge-based courses, the hands-on activities, the cultivation of creativity, and the capstone courses are specially offered in our training. Arranging undergraduate students to go to Hiroshima University, Southeastern University to have international academic interactions. Double degree program with famous universities in the world. Research Characteristics Main research fields: Energy Technology, Solid Mechanics/Design, Advanced Materials, Precision Manufacturing, Thermal Fluids, System Engineering/Automatic Control, Opto-mechatronic Engineering, Electromechanical Integration. Large research projects: Design of the IC/PV/LED manufacturing equipment, Energy storage, Fuel cells, Clean coal technology, CO2 capture, Wind power systems, Energy saving , Taiwan-Russia satellite. The average research budget from 2008 to 2010 was 0.099 billion NT dollars per year. Each teacher publishes 2.7 pieces of SCI/SSCI publication per year. Professional Core Courses: Elasticity, Mechanical Vibrations, Advance applied Mathematics, Advance Fluid Mechanics, Physical Metallurgy, Finite Element Method Requirements for Graduation Required credits : 18 credits (including “Graduate Seminar” course for 4 semesters) Duration of Study : 2~7 years Other requirements : Pass doctoral candidacy qualification examination within six semesters after enrollment (excluding the period of leave). Elective Courses Publish at least two SCI journal papers (IF≧0.2) Pass an oral defense of dissertation. Research Facilities & Labs IC and PV Industrial Equipment Design Program Energy Storage Program Satellite/Rocket Engineering MOCVD Design Center Electrical Discharge Machining Laboratory Biomass Gasification/ Pyrolysis System Laboratory Admission Documents Autobiography Study Plan Research Proposal Two Letters of Recommendation TOEFL or Other Evidence of English Proficiency Evidence of Chinese Proficiency Master Thesis Related Academic Publications [-]

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Campus Full time 3 - 5 years Open Enrollment USA Burlington

We offer a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree that addresses modern topics in experimental, computational and theoretical mechanics, and mechanical engineering, through advanced courses and research, build on a distinguished faculty recognized nationally and internationally. [+]

PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mechanical Engineering We offer a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in mechanical engineering for qualified students. The main asset of the UVM mechanical engineering graduate program is the human factor that is our dedicated faculty and staff, and motivated students. Curriculum We continuously update our curriculum to address modern topics in mechanical engineering, and to offer a breadth of courses in experimental, computational and theoretical mechanics. Most of our graduate students are full-time and actively engaged in research projects with one or two faculty mentors who will be dedicated to your success. The size of the program also enables you to have close interactions with the rest of the faculty, and to regularly participate in the life of the program via graduate student seminars and invited speaker presentations. Graduate We actively seek to admit a diverse group of students in mechanical engineering to address the contemporary challenges of our Society. To date, our graduates have achieved successful careers in academia as distinguished professors, in industry as engineers and entrepreneurs, and in government positions as program directors for national funding agencies or scientists at national laboratories. Faculty and Research The success of our graduate program is build on a distinguished faculty whose research is recognized nationally and internationally through innovation, dissemination of knowledge in high-impact journals, and research awards. Recently, our faculty has won major awards from Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, and includes the recipients of... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Ph.D.)

The George Washington University - School of Engineering & Applied Science
Campus Full time 4 - 6 years September 2017 USA District of Columbia

The Department's doctoral program is a research-focused degree program with the objective of preparing students for a life of scholarship in their field of interest. Central to the program is original thesis research, which substantially advances the state-of-the-art in the field. Coursework to strengthen the command of the chosen discipline and enhance mathematical skills is also required. [+]

Program Overview The Department's doctoral program is a research-focused degree program with the objective of preparing students for a life of scholarship in their field of interest. Central to the program is original thesis research, which substantially advances the state-of-the-art in the field. Coursework to strengthen the command of the chosen discipline and enhance mathematical skills is also required. Thesis research is directed by the thesis advisor, with input from a small committee of faculty, which is selected for their expertise in the chosen field of study. Students will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research and contribute to our effort to advance basic and applied sciences. We welcome students with outstanding records who will also have the motivation and drive to become leaders in their chosen field of study. Students choose from the following areas of focus: Aerospace engineering Design of mechanical engineering systems Fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, and energy Industrial engineering Solid mechanics and materials science Structures and dynamics Robotics, mechatronics, and controls Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Ph.D.) Credit hours (for those without a master's degree): 36 credit hours of coursework + 18 credit hours of research Credit hours (for those with a master's degree): 12 credit hours of coursework + 18 credit hours of research Duration: 4-6 years Requirements: Qualifying examinations Dissertation Doctoral Degree Program Requirements There are three distinct phases in the program of doctoral study in MAE. These are: the period of preparation for the qualifying examination; the qualifying examination;... [-]

Doctor of Science and Technology

Hirosaki University
Campus Full time April 2017 Japan Hirosaki

The Graduate School of Science and Technology (Doctoral Course) consists of two courses of Advanced Materials Science and Technology and Safety Science and Technology. The former covers the development of useful materials and their application technology and the latter does crisis-controlling technology for natural and human-originating disasters in the highly developed society. [+]

PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. Creation of Advanced Science and Technology in the Future The Graduate School of Science and Technology (Doctoral Course) consists of two courses of Advanced Materials Science and Technology and Safety Science and Technology. The former covers the development of useful materials and their application technology and the latter does crisis-controlling technology for natural and human-originating disasters in the highly developed society. Each course aims to bring up engineers who will be able to solve problems with a flexible and perspective consideration from the whole situation. [-]

PhD in Metal Forming

Siberian Federal University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Russia Krasnoyarsk

Doctoral students do research at the Laboratories of Metal Forming under the supervision of Professor Sergey B. Sidelnikov. [+]

Doctoral students do research at the Laboratories of Metal Forming under the supervision of Professor Sergey B. Sidelnikov. Their research focuses on developing new technologies and equipment to produce press-products from non-ferrous metals and alloys using combined processing methods. The scientists from the department received over fifty patents and certificates, they published over a hundred research papers and five books. Programme Leader Professor Sidelnikov’s research interests are about developing new technologies and equipment to produce press-products from non-ferrous metals and alloys using combined processing methods. Other research areas Developing science intensive technologies to produce precious metals and alloys (supervisor: Professor Nikolai Dovzhenko); Producing electro conductive materials with high wear resistance from powders, shavings from non-ferrous metals and alloys (supervisor: Dr Nikolai Zagirov); creating production lines to implement low-waste production technology of continuous extrusion (supervisor: Professor Yuriy Gorokhov). Entry requirements: Master’s degree in Metallurgy (transcript of records), an adequate level of English proficiency (certificate or other document) Apply to The Centre for International Education and Certified Testing for a certificate if you do not have it, the Russian language preparatory course is available. Accommodation: On-campus accommodation is available: single ensuite room 45 € per month, twin ensuite room 30 € per month. Practicalities: Airport transfer, invitation letter for a Russian study visa and an optional survival course of Russian as a foreign language are provided by the University. Curriculum BASIC COURSES Features of flow and change of strength properties of metals during plastic deformation 2 (72) Plastic deformation of metals in... [-]

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong

The PhD program aims at equipping the students with the capability of identifying and solving academic and/or real problems creatively. The doctoral degree is awarded for the completion of required courses and a significant original thesis. [+]

PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of the leading MAE departments in Asia. It offers rigorous academic and professional training in a wide range of areas, including both traditional and cutting-edge topics in energy, mechanics, advanced materials, nano/biotechnology, and manufacturing. The PhD program aims at equipping the students with the capability of identifying and solving academic and/or real problems creatively. The doctoral degree is awarded for the completion of required courses and a significant original thesis. Research Foci The Department's research concentrates on energy and environmental engineering, mechanics and materials, and mechatronics and manufacturing. Solid Mechanics and Dynamics These are two of the fundamental pillars of Mechanics research. The Department has a diverse faculty with expertise in these fields. Research activities range from applied to theoretical problems, and have a marked multidisciplinary nature. They involve: applied mathematics, solid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, computations, solid state physics, material science and experiments for various kinds of solid materials/systems and mechanical behaviors. Faculty members work on problems of both static and dynamic natures with different types of evolutions. These problems also involve multi-field coupling on different scales of time and length, from micro-second to long time creep processes and from a very small carbon nanotube or a cell to macroscopic scale composite materials and electro-mechanical devices/systems. Materials Technology Materials engineering focuses on characterizing and processing new materials, developing processes for controlling their properties and their economical production, generating engineering data necessary for design, and predicting the... [-]